Bookmakers can't split Messi and Ronaldo in the Champions League top scorer market
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
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A match day one double for both Barcelona and Real Madrid's leading men has seen them cut to 16/5 joint favourites for the prize with dabblebet

Despite Paris Saint-Germain's position as 11/2 (6.50) second favourites for the Champions League this season, the top scorer race has a very familiar feel about it after one round of fixtures.

Lionel Messi was impressive as Barcelona swept aside last season's beaten finalists Juventus at the Camp Nou. The Argentina international hit a double in that game, as did Cristiano Ronaldo as APOEL Nicosia failed to trouble the reigning European champions.

dabblebet have both players at 16/5 (4.20) to be crowned the competition's top scorer this term, although the Real Madrid frontman's continued dominance of this award is unrivalled.

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

The 32-year-old has won the prize for five straight seasons (joint in 14/15) and with Los Blancos the market principles once again, Ronaldo should have plenty of matches with which to improve upon his tally of 109 Champions League goals.

Edinson Cavani (8/1), who has two for the campaign, is the shortest priced PSG player ahead of Neymar (12/1) and Kylian Mbappe (16/1) after all three players found the net against Celtic in a 5-0 win.

The issue with the Ligue 1 side may well be that while they'll score plenty, the goals could be shared between their three-pronged attack more so than at either Madrid or Barcelona.

Robert Lewandowski is 9/1 (10.0) after opening his account in Bayern's 3-0 victory over Anderlecht on Tuesday but Luis Suarez, who failed to get on the scoresheet this week, is now 14/1 (15.0).

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The Premier League contingent come next with Romelu Lukaku (16/1), Harry Kane (18/1), Sergio Augero (22/1) and Gabriel Jesus (25/1) all starting well for their respective sides.

The fact that Kane remains at such a big price despite netting a double at Wembley is testament to how much of a struggle the bookmakers believe Spurs will have in the latter stages of the competition, even after a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Alvaro Morata missed Chelsea's win over Qarabag and if Michy Batshuayi is going to be a regular starter in the group stage then the 40/1 (41.0) quotes about the Spain international look best avoided.

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Real Madrid

form

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RMA 2 - 1 BAR
W
RMA 3 - 1 LIV
W
RMA 2 - 0 EIB
W
CEL 1 - 3 RMA
W
RMA 3 - 1 ATA
W
RMA 2 - 1 ELC
W
ATM 1 - 1 RMA
D
ATA 0 - 1 RMA
W
VLD 0 - 1 RMA
W
HUE 1 - 2 RMA
W
APOEL

form

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APL 1 - 0 ENP
W
NSL 1 - 2 APL
W
APL 1 - 0 DXK
W
APL 2 - 0 KPP
W
OMO 0 - 1 APL
W
PAF 1 - 1 APL
D
APL 2 - 0 ETH
W
APL 1 - 1 OMO
D
OMO 1 - 0 APL
L
OLY 2 - 3 APL
W
Head to Head
4 Matches (0 Draws)
4 Total wins 0
2 Home wins 0
2 Away wins 0
Last 5 Matches
4 Wins
0 Draw
0 Wins
APL 0 - 6 RMA
RMA 3 - 0 APL
RMA 5 - 2 APL
APL 0 - 3 RMA
17 Goals Scored 2
Games Over 2.5 Goals 4 / 4
Both Teams Scored 1 / 4
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Match Facts

  1. Real Madrid and APOEL Nicosia’s only previous encounter was in the quarter finals of the 2011/12 Champions League. The Madrid side won 8-2 on aggregate (3-0 in Cyprus, 5-2 in Spain).
  2. Last season, Real Madrid became the first team since AC Milan to win back-to-back European Cup/Champions League titles. The Rossoneri did it in 1989 and 1990.
  3. Real Madrid have won the European Cup/Champions League on 12 occasions – including three of the last four – more than any other team in history. In fact, they’ve won each of their last six finals in the competition.
  4. Last season, Real Madrid became the first team since Inter Milan in 2010 to win the Champions League after having finished second in their group.
  5. Real Madrid are playing in the Champions League for the 21st consecutive season, the longest run in the history of the competition. They have always made it out of the group stages.
  6. Real Madrid have reached the semi-finals in each of the last seven Champions League campaigns, also a record run in the history of the competition.
  7. Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 27 Champions League group games (W20 D7), their last defeat dating back to October 2012 away against Dortmund. At home, Real have won 20 of their last 22 group games (D2), last tasting defeat nearly eight years ago against AC Milan, in October 2009 (2-3).
  8. Real Madrid have failed to score only once in their last 50 Champions League group games (Paris SG 0-0 Real Madrid, October 2015).
  9. APOEL Nicosia are making their fourth appearance in the Champions League, and their first since 2014/15. It’s by far the most of any Cypriot team, the only other side involved being Anorthosis Famagusta in 2008/09.
  10. APOEL have progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League only once in their three previous appearances. They were knocked out by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the 2011/12 campaign.
  11. APOEL have lost nine of their last 11 Champions League games (W1 D1). They have also failed to score in nine of their last 12 outings, remaining goalless in each of their last four games.
  12. No Cypriot side has ever won an away game in the Champions League (D6 L8).
  13. APOEL knocked out Dudelange, Viitorul Constanta and Slavia Prague to reach the group stages of this season’s Champions League.
  14. Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of the Champions League (105 goals in 140 games). With Real Madrid, he has found the net 90 times in 88 games.
  15. Despite having only managed 20 games in the Champions League, Zinedine Zidane has already won the title twice (2016, 2017). No manager has ever won the European Cup/Champions League in three consecutive seasons.
  16. Meanwhile, this is Giorgos Donis’ second Champions League campaign as manager. In 2014/15, his APOEL Nicosia side only picked up one point in six group games, scoring one goal and conceding 12.
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